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ONE MILLION PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED FOR

ONE MILLION PRESCRIPTIONS FILLED FOR

There was a one hundred percentage increase in the number of Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) prescriptions filled during 2006 compared to the number filled in 2005. This helped to push the number of prescriptions filled since the NHF took over the programme in July 2004, to one million by the end of the year. 671,000 prescriptions were filled for JADEP members in 2006 compared to 329,000 in the previous year, 2005.

The period July 2004 to the end of 2006 has seen a considerable increase in the number of prescriptions filled for JADEP members – Growing from 72,858 at the end of 2004 to the present figure. Mr. Rae Barrett CEO of the NHF says ?Filling one million prescriptions for JADEP members is a significant milestone which was achieved with collaboration between the public and private sector in the delivery of health care.?

The increase in the number of prescriptions filled for JADEP is indicative of the increase also seen for the NHFcard which provides a subsidy for residents of all ages with any of fifteen chronic diseases.

NHFcard prescriptions for 2006 reached just over 779,000 compared to 2005 when approximately 258,000 prescriptions were filled ? a 200% increase. The total value of the prescriptions filled using the NHFcard is over $1 billion of which the NHF has paid over $600 million, a 60% subsidy.

At the end of 2006, 273,670 Jamaican residents were members of the NHF Individual Benefits Programme and 70% of them are using their cards to purchase their medication.

The NHF was established to reduce the burden of health care on the Jamaican population. Under the NHF Individual Benefits Programme persons resident in Jamaica who have certain chronic diseases may become members of the NHF and access subsidies to help them fill their prescriptions. The NHFcard offers subsidies for residents of all ages for fifteen chronic diseases for the purchase of over nine hundred prescription items. The Jamaica Drugs for the Elderly Programme (JADEP) has as its main objective to improve access to a wide range of essential drugs to persons over sixty years old suffering from ten (10) chronic illnesses. Seventy-two drugs are available free of cost to the elderly, who pay a small fee of $40 to pharmacists for filling one month?s supply of the prescribed drugs.

Contact: Rosemarie Lee, Public Information Officer NHF, Tel: 906-1106

Shermaine Robotham, 997-5442

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